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Fire on the Mountain (3 of 5)
Series: Elijah: A Man for our Time
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
1 Kings 18: 17-46
1. The Choice Elijah Presented!
A) The God of Eternity
B) The God of Humanity
2. The Contest Elijah Proposed!
A) Game On
B) Game Over
3. The Command Elijah Proclaimed!
A) The Delay that is Denounced
B) The Duty that is Demanded
One of the most famous showdowns in history took place on October 26, 1831 in Tombstone Arizona, known as the OK Corral. On one side was Wyatt Earp, his brothers Virgil and Morgan along with Doc Holiday. On the other side were Ike and Billy Clanton, Tom and Frank McLaury, Billy Claiborn and Wes Fuller. The fight lasted only 30 seconds, but it left its mark on history and lifted Wyatt Earp's Western legend.
In 1 Kings 18 we have probably the most famous showdown in the Bible. It is the showdown between Elijah and the worshippers of Baal. F. B. Meyer writes of this scene, "This very day, by faith, not by any inherent power, but by faith; you shall see Elijah subdue a kingdom; work righteousness; escape the edge of the sword; wax valiant in the fight; and, turn to flight armies of the aliens. Nothing shall be impossible for him." (1)
The showdown was about more than Elijah and the worshippers of Baal. It was about the God of Israel and the false god Baal.
Now that Elijah had finished his time at Dry Brook University, Empty Barrel Grad School, and an internship at Resurrection Hospital, he is now ready for the showdown on Mt. Carmel. God had prepared His man for the task at hand.
He who had come on the scene as "Elijah the Tishbite," was now "a man of God." The time at Cherith had prepared him for Carmel. The time at the brook had prepared him for the battle. The time with the widow had prepared him for the war. The time in God's school had prepared him for the showdown.
As we look at this great showdown, I want to particularly draw your attention to verse 21 and the words of Elijah,
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